We want to show you how we source, produce and sell food in a responsible way. From making sure workers in our supply chain are treated and paid fairly to supporting British farmers, or from managing where we source ingredients from to helping people make healthier choices, we do it all because we believe that food matters.
We're proud to give producers from our area space on our shelves through our Love Local range, which helps the local economy and reduces food miles. We also support county farmers through the Lincolnshire Quality meat scheme.
As part of the national Co-op buying group, we are committed to British food. From fresh beef, chicken, pork and sausages to the meat in our sandwiches, chilled pies and ready meals – we make it easy for our customers to choose British. Read more about our buying group's food provenance.
From spring 2017 we will also be switching to 100% British bacon and lamb.
Buying Fairtrade goods gives producers in poorer countries a better price and means their communities benefit from a Fairtrade premium. We're proud to stock products carrying the Fairtrade mark including chocolate, tea, coffee, wine, bananas and many more.
Back in the 1990s our buying group started labelling the living conditions of the hens on egg boxes and there's been more since then. In 2007, we became the first retailers to use only free-range own-brand eggs and since 2010, all the eggs used in our own-brand products have been free-range too.
We also support animal welfare through schemes like Red Tractor and RSPCA Assured. Find out more about the buying group's policies here.
Reducing our impact
Lots of our outlets feature LED lighting and building management system in a bid to reduce our energy consumption. Some of our food stores also use heat reclaimed from refrigeration to heat the building and others have solar panels. We also recycle the vast majority of our waste - over 92 per cent Society-wide last year.
Carrier bag charges
Since the law changed, and with your help, we've reduced single carrier bag usage by 70 per cent and donated thousands to good causes in our area through our Community Champions scheme. Find more information on our carrier bag policy.
We always do what we can to reduce the impact our products and operations have on the environment.
As well as our local ranges, our buying group and deals with the sourcing and production of our food in a responsible way - read more here. One element of this is recognising the effect that overfishing and environmentally-destructive catch and production methods are having on fish stocks - as part of our group's policy, we're members of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC).